D&I programs & events
The Nicholas School has offered several courses and a series of professional development trainings and other events related to diversity and inclusion:
ENVIRON 590.05 Special Topics: Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Fields (1/19 - 03/01/2016). Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza
This course is designed for students who wish to better understand economic, geographic, and racial differences and how they affect the way people experience environmental decisions. Through this course, students will learn the theories and skills necessary to identify individual and institutional bias with communities through in-class lectures, discussions of readings, guest speakers, and independent research. The course will focus on the following topics: identity, culture, representation, and ownership and the role they play in determining control of and access to natural resources; diversity, inclusion, equity, and environmental justice and how, why, or, if they (should) play a role in environmental decision making; ethical considerations and power dynamics involved in environmental decision making.
ENVIRON 216S. Environment and Conflict. Erika Weinthal.
Environmental and natural resources as a source of conflict and/or peacebuilding between and within nations and states. Analysis of the role of the environment in the conflict cycle and international security. Topics include refugees, climate change, water, and infectious disease. Particular focus on post-conflict and rebuilding in war-torn societies. Examination of the role of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and emerging standards for environmental management. Includes questions of marginalization within different cultural/political contexts. Examples drawn from conflicts such as Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, Nepal, Sierra Leone and others.
ENVIRON 290S-03 Special Topics: Environmental Justice. Danielle Purifoy
Utilizes the history of the United States’ environmental justice movement and several case studies to address a series of critical questions about the relationship between social stratification and the environment, public participation in environmental planning processes, and the roles of various actors (government, communities, scholars) in the development of what Agyeman calls “just sustainability”. A component of the DukeImmerse Urban Environmental Justice & Social Entrepreneurship program in Spring 2015.